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California: AB 789 Prohibits Cruel Wildlife Killing Methods [2013]

Update (August 26, 2013): This bill was signed into law by Governor Brown.

Bill description: This bill, sponsored by Born Free USA and The Humane Society of the United States, will ban the most inhumane wildlife trapping practices decrease the chances of family dogs and being inadvertently killed in traps.

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California: AB 711 Would Phase Out Lead in Ammunition [2013]

Update (Oct. 11, 2013): This bill was signed into law by the governor.

Bill description: This bill would phase in a requirement that non-lead ammunition be used in hunting statewide in California by July 2016. Lead has been widely known as a toxin for more than 2,000 years. The Centers for Disease Control reports there is no safe level of lead for humans.

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California: AB 1213: The Bobcat Protection Act [2013]

Update: Signed into law on 10/11/2013.

Bill description: This bill would prohibit the commercial trapping of bobcats in California, along with the commercial sale and export of bobcat pelts. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife's current authority to issue depredation permits for bobcats would not be affected. Hunting of bobcats consistent with existing law and regulations would still be allowed in California.

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California: AB 339 Prohibits the Sale of Animals at Flea Markets and Swap Meets [2013]

Update (September 6, 2013): This bill was signed into law by Governor Brown.

Bill description: This bill, sponsored by Born Free USA and the State Humane Association of California, will prohibit the sale of animals at swap meets and flea markets and thereby prevent the suffering of animals, protect consumers and eliminate the public health and safety risks and risks of other disease outbreaks associated with such sale situations.

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New Mexico: HB 316 Bans Animal Killing Contests

Update (February 2013): The bill failed in committee.

Bill description: New Mexico has seen a recent rash of animal killing contests that threaten public safety, are inhumane and are not biologically sound. Killing contests reward people for killing the most animals; prizes offered often have included monetary incentives and semiautomatic rifles. These contests are unethical and send a dangerous message that life is cheap and that senseless killing is cause for celebration. According to a New Mexico State Land Commissioner, Ray Powell, contest hunts are “about personal profit, animal cruelty, and the severe destruction of the delicate balance of this desert ecosystem. It is time outlaw this highly destructive activity.”

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South Dakota: SB 205 Authorizes the Hunting of Wolves in Certain Circumstances (UPDATED)

Update (March 2013): This bill passed and was signed into law by the governor.

Bill description: This bill sets the stage for wolves to be killed in any manner should they ever return to South Dakota. Currently there are no wolves in the state. This bill preemptively adds wolves to the list of animals designated as "predator/varmint," and allows for wolves to be hunted, taken or killed in any area of the state. On Feb. 5, 2013, this bill passed the Agriculture and Natural Resources committee by a 9-0 vote.

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South Dakota: HB 1148 Eases Rules on Checking Traps and Removing Caught Animals

Update (February 2013): Good news! By a 9-4 vote this bill was “deferred to the 41st day,” which means it will not travel further and is now dead.

Bill description: This bill expands the trap check time to three days statewide. Currently the minimum trap check time is two days in most of the state and threee days in one portion of the state.

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Michigan: SB 1350: Establishes Wolf Hunt (UPDATED)

Update (January 2013): The bill passed and was signed on Dec. 31, 2012, to take immediate effect.

Bill description: This bill establishes Michigan’s first open wolf hunt season.

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